Henry Harrison Wilder Papers
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of Wilder's Civil War letters, 1861- 1862, letters related to Wilder's death, family papers, and a portrait. Wilder was a corporal in the 5th Vermont Infantry. Wilder’s closest friend in the army, Sergeant Merrill Samson, also of Weybridge, is mentioned in the material. Several of Wilder’s Civil War letters can be found as part of the "Vermonters in the Civil War" digital collection.
- 1849-1862, 1901
- Wilder, Henry Harrison (Creator, Person)
Collection is open for research.
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Biographical / Historical
Born in about 1840, Henry Harrison Wilder was living in Weybridge, Vermont in 1861 when he enlisted as a corporal in Company F of the 5th Regiment of the Vermont Volunteers. He was killed in action in Virginia at the battle of Savage's Station, June 29, 1862.
His mother, Amanda Murray (1810-1887), is the main correspondent. She was married to Joseph Hayward (1796-1865), apparently between 1840 and 1850. Wilder also had a sister, Marion Wilder (1836-1923) and half-siblings due to Joseph’s previous marriage. It appears that Harrison and Marion’s father was Orlando Wilder (1813-1897), an early settler of Minnesota, where he arrived in 1854 after starting a trek westward in about 1843. Orlando appears in the 1840 federal census in Addison County, Vermont but no later. Records continue for Amanda and Marion.
0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)
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Collection consists of Wilder's Civil War letters, 1861- 1862, letters related to Wilder's death, family papers, and a portrait. Wilder was a corporal in the 5th Vermont Infantry.
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